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10:34 am
Wed April 28, 2010

Texas Lawmaker To Introduce Bill Targeting Illegal Immigrants

Texas – A Texas lawmaker says she plans to push for a law similar to Arizona's get-tough immigration measure.

Republican Rep. Debbie Riddle of Tomball tells the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle in Wednesday's editions that she'll introduce the measure in the January legislative session.

The new Arizona law would require local and state law enforcement to question people about their immigration status and make it a crime for immigrants to lack registration documents.

Riddle says if the federal government did its job "Arizona wouldn't have to take this action, and neither would Texas," she said.

Democrats say such legislation is misguided and predict it will hurt the GOP politically.

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Information from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.